Experienced by Leon L. Brittain, Photos by Adrian McQueen & Leon Brittain
Washingtonians marveled at the creatively decorated cars, bikes and Polaris Slingshots designed by renowned illustrators at the ART-of-Motion exhibit, an avante-garde art exposition produced by urban lifestyle pioneers, Automotive Rhythms and Throttle Life. However, ART-of-Motion not only incorporated the engaging on-site vehicle and motorcycle paintings, but also showcased live fashion models and artwork from the students of Georgetown University’s art department.
“Mothers Love,” a pink and white Suzuki GXSR owned by Jennifer Alex, compassionately customized by Garwood Custom Cycles featured renderings in tribute to her mother who passed away after a brave battle with breast cancer. Artwork such as “Fight Like a Girl,” breast cancer awareness, along with a portrait of Jenn’s mother are just a few examples of the dedication, emotional significance and outreach of this touching tribute bike.
The world of sportbikes was further represented by two magnificently decorated Suzuki Hayabusas owned by Jun Maldonado which both utilize metallic flake paint, yet each is uniquely finished. One of them rocks a stunning red and white racing stripe scheme with the other rolling with an opulent sunset orange hue offset with contrasting deep autumn brown markings.
Darryl Kinsey, representing Myrtle West Customs, blessed ART-of-Motion with his consistently award-winning and meticulously kept Kawasaki ZX-14 with a deep red metallic flake complimented with black and silver tribal markings by Jimmy Jackson. Wise Choice Customs graced the show with two bikes including the royal blue and black Kawasaki ZX-14 with split personalities by Artistic Creation Kustoms consisting of a modest gloss royal blue side while balanced with a mysterious dark side of black and blue overlapping broad strokes. Bike two contributed by Wise Choice Customs was a custom Harley-Davidson Road Glide from Camtech Customs with an attention grabbing smoke gray to white gradient off-set with a series of flowing stripes and lines from the bags to the front fairing.
Are sportbikes and baggers not your thing? No problem. We had the old school category covered with the timeless Harley-Davidson Softail owned by Jin Grant with attention to detail provided by Gerald’s Custom Motorcycle Detailing. This work of art blazed with the style of old school southwest with sunburst orange, cooper, silver, red, yellow and chrome candy pinstripes and metallic flake. Keeping that old school vibe flowing was Everett “Bay” Morton’s low and long sexy “fire engine” red chopper with black strips outlined with gold pinstriping.
Rounding out the exhibit were two Polaris Slingshots which were both visually diverse but equally captivating. Paul “Pablo” Cardozo showed out with his sky blue Slingshot in support of Pancreatic Cancer and Vince Dixon went with the hometown favorite, a Washington Redskins themed Slingshot dedicated to the late Sean Taylor.
Please make sure to look for ART-of-Motion as we take the two and four wheeled art show on the road. Enjoy the photo gallery.